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Constitution and civic education international consultant
|Location :||Liberia, LIBERIA|
|Application Deadline :||07-Jun-13 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||11 weeks|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||11 weeks|
|The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and UNDP are requesting applications from suitable consultants to assist in advising and supporting the Liberian Constitution Review Committee (CRC).
The United Nations is represented by the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), as well as 16 specialized agencies, funds, programs, and the World Bank. All UN programs in Liberia are aligned with the Agenda for Transformation. Initiatives are underway in each of the Government’s four pillars: enhancing national security; revitalizing the economy; strengthening governance and rule of law; and rehabilitating infrastructure and basic social services. It is anticipated that the consultancy will be completed by 31 August, 2013.
Overview of Constitutional Review
After decades of military rule, political instability, and civil war, Liberians have entered a new era of peace and democracy and are ready to come together and agree on a new revised charter that will define who they are as a nation and how they want to be governed.
The social, political, and economic landscape of Liberia has evolved significantly since the 1986 Constitution was adopted. The Comprehensive Peace Agreement of 2003 adjusted parts of the 1986 Constitution to enable the holding of the first post-conflict democratic elections. Having successfully conducted a second set of peaceful and democratic elections in 2011, Liberia is now ready to review the 1986 Constitution and consider amending the Constitution to reflect current post-conflict democratic realities and aspirations.
The President of Liberia appointed the CRC in August 2012 to lead the review process, and, for that purpose, to engage with the public and key stakeholders. The CRC intends to conduct an extensive civic education campaign, and broad and inclusive public consultations on provisions of the Constitution in order to propose consensus-based recommendations for constitutional reform. The process is expected to be completed in 2015.
The United Nations in Liberia will support the constitutional review process through its “Support to Constitutional Reform Project” (the “UN project”), to be administrated by UNDP Liberia and expected to be initiated in the coming months. In the meantime, UNMIL is helping to expedite the process by supporting the CRC in the design and implementation of this review, in line with the objectives and planned activities of the UN project.
Duties and Responsibilities
The objective of this consultancy is to provide short term advice and support to the CRC as it launches its civic education campaign and undertakes other efforts relating to design and implementation of the constitutional review.
At the end of this assignment, the responsibilities are expected to be handed over to the Chief Technical Advisor to be hired under the UN project.
Scope of work
Working closely with the Senior Management of UNMIL, and reporting to the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General for Rule of Law (DSRSG RoL), the Consultant will be responsible for the following activities:
In accordance with prevailing best practices and UN policies and procedures, provide technical support and advice to the mission and the CRC and its secretariat in the review of the 1986 constitution;
Duration/Number of working days: 17 June-31 August 2013. The duration of the contract will be eleven weeks.
At the end of the contract, the Consultant will be expected to submit a Close-Out Report on progress and achievements by the CRC during the consultancy, challenges, priorities and next steps for the next six months of the constitutional review.
Required Skills and Experience
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.